About Disquiet

The International Literary Program is a project of Dzanc Books, 501(c)(3). The ILP’s mission is to deepen mutual understanding between writers of North American and writers around the world and to broaden the landscape of North American literature and arts outside of the borders of North America.


100 Portuguese Books of the 20th Century

A list of 100 notable 20th-century Portuguese books from the blog "Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Literature and Culture." Amazing how few of them have been translated into English—so much work left to be done...




valter hugo mãe's new band

Disquiet faculty member and one of the rising stars of contemporary Portuguese lit. (see the recent Best European Fiction anthology) valter hugo mãe singing with his new band governo:





Happen to be in the heart of the Portuguese-American world a la Melville, aka North Dartmouth? Go see Disquiet faculty member Frank X. Gaspar read Oct. 7:

Frank X. Gaspar, Award Winning Author of LEAVING PICO, to Read at Baker Books NORTH DARTMOUTH, Massachusetts (September 21, 2010) – On Thursday, October 7th at 7:00 PM, Baker Books is pleased to welcome author Frank X. Gaspar for a reading and signing of his most recent novel, STEALING FATIMA, named a MassBook of the Year in Fiction by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Striking and lovingly detailed, STEALING FATIMA is the story of a priest’s search for redemption in a town where, even in these modern times, the divine is possible and a single act ignites a series of events that challenge the faith of a fishing village, a parish, and the priest himself. The Boston Globe says “...Gaspar’s prose, with both its deliberation and moments of uncontainable joy, is like a soaring choral Mass. Independent of religious faith, skeptic and believer alike cannot help but be swept away by the beauty of the expression.” Frank X. Gaspar was born and raised in Provincetown, Massachusetts. A Portuguese-American, his ancestors were traditionally whalers and Grand-Banks fishermen, sailing out of the Islands and then Provincetown. Currently, he is the Helio and Amelia Pedroso/ Luso-American Education Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies in the English Department at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, under the auspices of the UMD Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. He is also Professor Emeritus at Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA, and often teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Antioch University. Baker Books is an independent bookstore located at 69 State Road in North Dartmouth. For more information, visit www.bakerbooks.net or call (508) 997-6700. Baker Books is wheelchair accessible.

New ILP Faculty member: Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones, author of Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling and the forthcoming The Silver Girl has joined the faculty of the ILP in Lisbon next Summer... Check out her website for more info...


HTMLGIANT on the Book of Disquiet

"Please, sir, I want Pessoa."

"I’m like a story that someone told, and so well was it told that I took on just a hint of flesh at the beginning of one of the chapters of this novel that’s the world..."